Challah for Parashat Toldot

Jacob and Esau in the womb.

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Every week, Julie Seltzer, artist and Torah scribe, bakes a challah depicting an aspect of the week's Torah portion.

 And behold, twins in her womb! (Genesis 25:24)

וְהִנֵּה תוֹמִם, בְּבִטְנָהּ


challah for parashat toldot

The pregnant Rebekah feels the twins struggling within her. God explains, "Two nations are in thy womb, and two peoples (25:23)." At birth, they are named Jacob and Esau.

Julie Seltzer

Julie Seltzer is a scribe, baker, and artist. She began creating challah art at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Connecticut, where she lived until recently. Julie now resides in the Bay Area, where she is writing a torah scroll at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.